The ‘Ever Given’ containership has been refloated and has been towed to safety. The ship's stern was moved away from the bank during the early hours of Monday morning and subsequent rescue attempts then freed her.
Nearly 400 ships are now queued, and the backlog is expected to take around four days to clear. However, the delay means we can expect disruption for ocean freight movements over the next few weeks. Some of the below issues will apply:
· East and westbound delays on vessels snared in the blockage.
· Further delays from congestion at Suez Canal to clear backlog.
· Delays unloading at UK ports as many vessel arrivals will be condensed.
· Delays on vessels already committed to travelling around Africa.
· Potential vessel redirections, or even omitted ports.
· Further shortages in container equipment as vessels are delayed.
· Further congestion issues at UK and European ports as schedules condense.
· Potential for more blanked sailings as schedules are disrupted.
· More rate increases.
· More bunker and temporary surcharges.
Much of the above is conjecture at this stage, but we will continue to update as developments unfold. If you require further information, then do not hesitate to contact the Westbound team.
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